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Wireless & Solar Calculators

Wireless Calculators

  • System Operating Margin ¦ Diagram #1 ¦ 
    SOM is a measure in dB of the signal loss your system can with stand before it degrades to the error rate specified at your Receiver Sensitivity threshold. A minimum 20 dB SOM is recommended and many systems are designed with 30 dB+ due to additional circumstances such as inadequate Fresnel clearance, desensitization, intermod etc.

  • Fresnel Clearance Zone ¦ Diagram #1 ¦ Diagram #2 ¦ 
    The concept of Fresnel zone clearance may be used to analyze interference by obstacles near the path of a radio beam. The first zone must be kept largely free from obstructions to avoid interfering with the radio reception. However, some obstruction of the Fresnel zones can often be tolerated, as a rule of thumb the maximum obstruction allowable is 40%, but the recommended obstruction is 20% or less.

  • Free-space path loss
    Free-space path loss (FSPL) is the loss in signal strength of an electromagnetic wave that would result from a line-of-sight path through free space, with no obstacles nearby to cause reflection or diffraction. It does not include factors such as the gain of the antennas used at the transmitter and receiver, nor any loss associated with hardware imperfections.

  • Effective Isotropic Radiated Power
    Effective isotropic radiated power is the amount of power that a theoretical isotropic antenna (that evenly distributes power in all directions) would emit to produce the peak power density observed in the direction of maximum antenna gain. EIRP can take into account the losses in transmission line and connectors and includes the gain of the antenna. The EIRP is often stated in terms of decibels over a reference power emitted by an isotropic radiator with an equivalent signal strength. The EIRP allows comparisons between different emitters regardless of type, size or form. From the EIRP, and with knowledge of a real antenna's gain, it is possible to calculate real power and field strength values.

  • dBm to mW Convertion
    dBm (sometimes dBmW) is an abbreviation for the power ratio in decibels (dB) of the measured power referenced to one milliwatt (mW). It is used in radio, microwave and fiber optic networks as a convenient measure of absolute power because of its capability to express both very large and very small values in a short form. Compare dBW, which is referenced to one watt (1000 mW).

Solar Calculators

  • UPS Backup Time Calculator
    A simple UPS backup time claculator. Input your Power Requirements and Battery Capacity and calculate how much backup time the outdoor UPS will provide. It also calculates the extended battery backup time if using Tycon Power Systems Outdoor UPS with Solar Assist™ which extends the UPS Backup time by adding a solar panel to the UPS.

  • Optimum Solar Panel Angle Calculator
    Input your Latitude and find the best angle to mount your solar panels. Includes both optimum winter angles and summer angles. If angle will be fixed position, it's recommended mounting at optimum winter angle all year.